Thursday, August 28, 2008

CFIA admits that the new plan doesn't necessarily work as designed

With up to 15 deaths so far that sounds like an understatement.
Under a deluge of disbelief from the inspectors' union, over remarks made by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, CFIA officials are now changing their story.

Ritz said there was 50-50 split between paperwork inspections and floor inspections.

However CFIA spokesperson has now clarified that the 50-50 split is the way the new system was designed "but not necessarily the way it actually works".

But Bob Kingston, head of the agriculture union at the agency, says inspectors are being deluged with paper audits and simply don't have enough hours in the day to do floor inspections.
The new CFIA plan was being tested at the Maple Leaf plant and like BigCityLib here, I would like to know how many other plants are being tested.

Ritz should stop defending the plan, start talking to his inspectors and come up with a system that works. One where inspectors actually inspect.

From the Globe here.

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